Deadly flooding on Santa Barbara coast as fire turns to mud – Los Angeles Times


The predawn torrent of mud and debris carried away cars, swamped living rooms, and yanked homes from their foundations. Boulders crashed into homes, homes plunged into trees, and the muddy current swept at least one child a half-mile from home.

By day’s end, Santa Barbara County authorities said the mudslides had killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more.

“It looked like a World War I battlefield,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

Southern California was drenched Tuesday, but nowhere did the rainstorm inflict more pain than in Montecito, just weeks after the community dealt with the devastating Thomas fire.